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Locating Sources: Library Databases

What is a Database?

Google is a search engine. Libraries subscribe to Databases. Although you use both to search, they are very different things.

  • Library databases consist of a limited collection of records for academic journals, newspapers, and magazine articles. Within these databases the library has access to full-text versions of articles, as well as others we can only see the record/citation.
  • Some databases are general and contain articles from a wide variety of disciplines. Others specialize in particular subjects where all the records relate to one subject.
  • The library subscribes to databases provided by some of the biggest providers including EBSCOhost, ProQuest and Gale.

Start your search with these popular databases:

From Idea to Library

This video explains how an individual's idea turns into an article that ends up in a searchable database